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15 Times Anime Characters Were Majorly Bamboozled  

Anna Lindwasser
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In anime of every genre, anime characters who were bamboozled can create an intriguing plot point. 

Depending on which character you're rooting for, scenes involving anime characters who were tricked can be enormously rewarding or enormously frustrating. On the one hand, it's awesome to watch Senku deceive Tsukasa's army into thinking he has a weapon in Dr. Stone, and it rules to watch Shikamaru trick Hidan into consuming Kakuzu's gun in Naruto. On the other, it's frustrating as all heck to watch Myne lure Naofumi into a false sense of security before betraying him in The Rising of the Shield Hero

Which of these instances are your favorites? Vote them up to let the world know what you think. 

Edward & Alphonse Elric Trick Father Cornello Into Revealing His Evil Intentions In 'Fullmetal Alchemist'
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Photo:  Studio Bones

Father Cornello is a cult leader who brainwashed an entire town into believing that he could perform "miracles." While he pretends to be kindly, it's obvious that he lacked anything resembling respect for his followers, and is simply trying to bilk them into helping him overthrow the Amestrian government and insert himself as the nation's leader.

So at first, it's Father Cornello doing the bamboozlement, but Ed and Al turn the tables when they trick him into revealing his plot while they're broadcasting it out to the townspeople. Naturally, they aren't exactly thrilled about being tricked, and the Church of Leto quickly folds.

A well executed scheme?
Shikamaru Nara Lures Hidan To His Demise In 'Naruto'
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Photo:  Studio Pierrot

Shikamaru Nara is one of the smartest characters in the world of Naruto, so when it's time for him to get revenge for his fallen sensei, it makes sense that his method would be strategic. Using his shadow jutsu, he leads Hidan into a secluded area guarded by the Nara family, which he'd prepared in advance. 

There, he tricks Hidan into consuming Kakuzu's blood under the guise of his own. Instead of eliminating Shikamaru using his Jashin technique, he destroys one of Kakuzu's hearts. Shikamaru is able to coat Hidan in explosive tags, blow up his body, and bury his head underground. If that's not cunning, nothing is. 

A well executed scheme?
L Uses Lind L. Tailor To Find Key Info On Kira In 'Death Note'
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Photo:  Madhouse

Death Note is full of trickery and deceit, but one particularly memorable time is when Light Yagami walks straight into a trap laid by the great detective L. L found a man named Lind L. Tailor who was scheduled to be executed, and had him go on television and pretend to be L himself. L assumed that Kira would take the bait and eliminate the false L, and he was right. Because L only broadcast Lind L. Tailor's speech in the Kanto region of Japan, this helped narrow down Kira's location significantly.

There are a number of ethical problems with this, but hey, it worked. 

A well executed scheme?
Koro-sensei Bamboozled The Whole World In 'Assassination Classroom'
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Photo:  Lerche

At the beginning of Assassination Classroom, a tentacle monster with a smiley face for a head claims to have partially destroyed the Moon. What's more, he says he's going to do the same thing to the Earth unless somebody can figure out how to assassinate him - but he'll give the people of Earth a chance to survive if they let him teach a specific middle school class.

As it turns out, this is all a front. Not only did Koro-sensei not destroy the Moon, but he also has no malice whatsoever toward the Earth. Rather than truly posing a malicious threat, he wants to ensure that humanity is prepared to stop his anti-matter from exploding and harming the planet he loves, all while helping a group of kids discover the best versions of themselves. 

A well executed scheme?